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Randy S.


Austin, TX
Hometown: Austin

Member since:

January 19, 2014

Do you have some musical talent you want to share with others? What instrument(s) do you play? Vocals?

I'm a singer/songwriter and play acoustic guitar, mandolin, and violin mainly, also a bit of bass and banjo. I love Folk , Blues, Rock, and even Metal, although my band "The Swine" played all those forms with the instrumentation of a traditional Bluegrass Band, i.e. banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and doghouse bass;

Have you performed casually or for gold, fame and fortune? Some of us left music for a while and are returning to it. How about you?

Yes, go to Youtube and search for "Swine Before Pearls" (be sure to put it in quotes, or you'll be overwhelmed by a ton of auto-corrected 'Pearls Before Swine" entries). This was my Seattle public Access TV series which ran from from 1994-2000. It was an absolute zero-budget live show with elements of Saturday Night Live, Hee-Haw, and talk radio. Besides live music and weekly guest bands, we did live and recorded skits, and live phone-ins; I hosted the show as the character "Tush Swinbaugh, the only slightly more liberal, but very much more svelte, 55th cousin of Rush Limbaugh". The closest thing we had to a local 'Big Hit Single' was a tune called "Smells Like Pork Rinds", which was a medley of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "The Ballad of Jed Clampett". We were a longtime standard at the Seattle Folk Life Festival" and also played local clubs. We released 2 CD's over the years.

Do you believe in community and service to others? Part of our mission is in community outreach by way of participating in benefit concerts and playing for the aged and infirm. Interested?

Yes, The Swine never attempted to make any money and were always willing to perform for any good cause. As a Teenager, I was a "Yippie wannabe", now much more politically eclectic with a mix of liberal, conservative, and libertarian views.

Would you like to support other Collaborative members and what would you like to get out of your participation?

I can contribute any way needed or wanted; I've not been musically or politically active for a few years, but am extremely determined to revive these interests now that I'm in such an incredible neighborhood. I'm a software engineer by profession. I'm willing to contribute to local music as a solo performer, side-man, or writer.


I'm an acoustic multi-instrumentalis­t singer/songwriter/co­mic living in Princeton, founder of the legendary Seattle "Grunge Bluegrass" band "The Swine", and host of "Swine Before Pearls", their long-running Public-Access TV series.

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Funnest club I've been in in over 20 years!

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